The LCR Revolver line has been a popular and well performing line. Now they are adding something new.
Ruger recently reveled that they are releasing a new revolver in the Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR) line. Previously, they only offered revolvers in the LCR line chambered in .22 LR, .22 WMR, .38 Special and .357 Magnum calibers. With this new addition, this will expand the line with another option for concealed carry.
The LCR line has been very popular with the concealed carry crowd because of its simplicity and small size. With this new caliber, that will only expand the number of people wanting to use a revolver for concealed carry.
So what is this new caliber?
As you probably already guessed (the above picture probably gave it away), the big addition is an LCR chambered in 9mm Luger. This is a great option for a concealed carry caliber and gun. With 9mm being an excellent choice for personal protection, the combination with a small reliable revolver makes this a powerful package, in my opinion.
“Since its introduction in 2009, the LCR has become extremely popular with conceal carry customers seeking the simplicity of a revolver,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer, in the official release. “Customers have been asking for a 9mm version due to ammo availability and compatibility with pistols. We were listening and have added a 9mm version of the LCR.”
This double-action-only revolver weighs in at a little over 17 ounces, has a 1.875 inch barrel, is 6.5 inches over all in length and holds 5 rounds of 9mm ammunition. The barrel is made of stainless steel and will have a matte black synergistic hard coat.
The front sight is replaceable, but this model does not yet come with Crimson Trace Lasergrips as an option like that other calibers in the LCR line. There is also possibly a single action/double action model with a hammer coming as well. It will use moon clips, and MSRP right now is $599.
I am personally very excited about this new option from Ruger. I have been looking for a good pocket gun to use for when I can’t carry a full size pistol for whatever reason, and have shied away from the .380 auto platforms. Most pocket guns are just too small for me to comfortably shoot and I’m not a fan of the .380.
However, I really enjoy shooting 9mm. My everyday carry gun and my competition gun are both chambered in 9mm, and I would love to have a smaller gun in 9mm for use in Backup Gun (BUG) Stages at local IDPA matches. This way I could standardize on one caliber for the whole match.
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This is definitely a great new offering from Ruger and a great expansion to a solid performing line of revolvers. Hopefully this will live up to expectations.
What do you think about a revolver in 9mm? Would you use it for concealed carry? Let us know your thoughts below.